Nava Rasa: Exploring the Nine Flavors of Consciousness


With all the turmoil and chaos of the modern age, it is timely to give attention to emotional health. In this course Carolina Prada--phenomenal performer of Indian dance and martial arts forms, who we would sacrifice something to watch ordering chai --gives us a road map, exploration, demonstration and coaching around the nava (nine) fundamental rasas (emotions), according to the Indian rasa theory.  We explore and experience them through guided reflections, introspection,  meditations, breathing exercises, the practice of gestures and gesticulation, as well as movements of the body as a whole, and its various specific parts– like the eyes, eyebrows, lips, cheeks, hands, shoulders, chest, etc. 

Kripalu School of Ayurveda Clinical Weekend

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA, United States

This is an online event Saturday, Sept 30, 2023, Friday & Saturday, October 20 & 21, 2023 While generally closed to participants other than students enrolled in Kripalu School of Ayurveda, this weekend is open to graduates of our Foundations of Ayurveda Part II online course...

Varṇa: Shifting Colour over the Course of a Lifetime with Drs. Ramkumar & Welch


The word varṇa is commonly translates as, “caste” --a translation that does not do justice to the context in which it was originally used in Vedic scriptures. While today we understand that this concept can be understood to be inherited by birth and used by one group to oppress another, there is a different point of view (to which we subscribe) for which we can find support in the śāstras. In this view, we all may contain or embody each of the 4 varṇas in the course of our lives and experiences, depending on what we are focusing on, our intentions, and spending our time on at any given point in our lives. There is also the idea, which we appreciate, that we are all born in with tamasic (baser) tendencies but, through our actions, we can evolve into a more sattvic (pure) mode of being. From this point of view, we do not inherit a high status—but that is the birthright for all of us, and attainable through self-purification.

Women’s Health Alumnus Live Q&A with Dr. Welch

We have scheduled a roughly one hour, free, live Q&A Zoom session with Dr. Welch, exclusively for alumni and content of either of our online courses: Women's Health & Hormones Part I: Hormonal Balance & Stagnation or Women's Health & Hormones Part II: Srotorodha &...

Exploring Vāyu (movement of life force), Bhāva (emotion) and Rasa (flavor) Through Performance


In these two sessions, Drs. Ramkumar & Welch are joined by Kapila Venu ji, a practitioner of Kutiyattam (“Koodiyattam”), – one of the oldest living theatre traditions in the world. She has studied multiple Indian art and dance and theater forms, including Mohiniyattam dance. Kapila ji joins us to talk about the role and connection of vāyu, bhāva (emotion) and rasa (flavor). In these art forms, vāyu represents the movement of the life force through the body and mind, and is a medium through which to explore emotion and demonstrate the scope of human experience. We plan to discuss the differences between and nuances of prāṇa and vāyu; bhāva and rasa; how traditional performance practices weave these threads together, and the role they play in mental health.

Good Company Meetings

What & When: Good Company Meetings are free meetings that a small handful of facilitators --including Dr. Welch--facilitate --barring unforeseen circumstances--on the first Monday of every month, at 4 pm ET (New York Time). All are welcome. The purpose of these meetings is to support...

New: Women’s Health & Hormones online course taught by Dr. Welch, with an innovative approach to understanding women’s hormones and health conditions. Designed for everybody, regardless of medical background, from MDs to professionals of Ayurveda or TCM, to anyone interested in women’s health.